Category Archives: Home Decor

Home Decor

A Mini Apartment Tour…

July 28, 2014

This week marks 6 months that we’ve been living in San Francisco! Although I’ve showed snippets of our apartment on Instagram, I’ve been hesitant to give an official apartment tour because we’ve been stuck at about 80% for a while. These past few weeks we’ve made an effort to put some finishing touches on our place. It’s our first real “adult” apartment together outside of college, so we wanted to make sure the place reflected both our tastes (mixing masculine and feminine elements in a living space can be tough!). Have a look!

dining-roomRugTableChairs; Bookshelf; Curtains; Owl Lamp

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Couch; Ottoman; Fur Pillows; Cowhide Rug; Entertainment Center; Lamp; Slipper Chair; Embroidered Pillow

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bedroom-2Cal King Platform Bed; Side Table; Lamp; Down Comforter; Blush Pillow Covers; Pintuck Pillow; Rug

deskDesk; Chair; Chair Cushion; Sheepskin Rug; Magazine Holder; Curtains

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XO, J

Home Decor - Life

Life Lately

February 1, 2014

Sawyer and I are loving adjusting to our new lives on the west coast. Here are a few snippets of life lately around here!

Buddy has been so helpful with the move! Unpacking boxes, moving furniture, napping...

Buddy has been so helpful with the move! Unpacking boxes, moving furniture, napping…

One of my five suitcases was filled entirely with shoes. #noshame.

One of my five suitcases was filled entirely with shoes. #noshame.

Lovely housewarming gift from lovely Meghan. :)

Lovely housewarming gift from lovely Meghan. :)

... and more napping...

… and more napping…

Could there be a more perfect yellow?

Could there be a more perfect yellow?

First selfie on my first ever muni ride!

First selfie on my first ever muni ride!

Oh hey, Pacific Ocean!

Oh hey, Pacific Ocean!

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Seeing flowers in January is still weird for this New England gal.

SF, we love you!

SF, we love you!

Happy February!

XO, J

Home Decor

Midcentury & Modern Decor: Living Room

January 30, 2014

Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by mid-century decor with a modern twist (take a peek at my Pinterest boards and see!). However, with any vintage decor you walk a fine line between looking cool and retro and looking just plain out-of-date. IKEA is, of course, the workhorse of everything mid-century and Scandinavian and affordable and AWESOME. San Francisco is ripe with secondhand stores and flea markets which are treasure troves of vintage furniture. Sawyer and I can’t wait to peruse them this weekend and maybe find a gem to take home with us! Hey, a girl can dream, right?!

midcentury & modern living room

  1. Martha Stewart Living paint in ‘Enamelware‘: $2.94/sample
  2. Anthropologie Lotus Blossom Wingback Chair: $1,398
  3. West Elm Martini Side Table: $149
  4. IKEA Stockholm TV Unit: $299
  5. IKEA Koldby Cowhide Rug: $199
  6. Leather Metallic Gold Pouf Ottoman: $221
  7. West Elm Origami Coffee Table: $399
  8. Anthropologie Ombre Velvet Pillow: $188
  9. IKEA Aina Linen Curtains: $49.99
  10. West Elm Chester Tufted Upholstered Sofa: $976
  11. West Elm Overarching Floor Lamp: $299

Decorating from scratch is fun (yet daunting!). I’d love to know…

What are some of your home decor tips?

XO, J

Home Decor - Organization

How To: Organize Your Bathroom

December 8, 2013

I’m not perfect. I’ll even reluctantly admit that I’m somewhat messy and disorganized. But what’s a girl to do with too many products, tools, and accessories and not enough space? When you’re sharing a bathroom with someone else, however, I guess it’s pretty bad etiquette to leave it looking like this. I even debated not including the before shot, but I had to convince myself that this is what every girl’s bathroom sink looks like (right… right??). So here we go, an unedited photo of my extremely cluttered bathroom sink:

The biggest problem for me was that I had nowhere to put my hair styling tools while they were cooling down, so I would just leave them on the sink to cool. This is a pretty common problem for girls, no? I found a genius solution, though….

The Container Store is where it’s at, gals. I picked up a four-tier acrylic organizer to store my hair elastics, bobby pins, jewelry, lip balm, and any other loose odds-and-ends that were taking over my countertop. My cotton balls were still in the giant plastic bag from the store, so I also grabbed a glass apothecary jar to display and make them easily accessible. The best organizer I bought, though, was the Style Station Organizer, which I mounted under the sink on the cabinet door. This organizer can hold a hairdryer, flat iron, and curling iron – even when they’ve just been used and are still hot! No more “leaving it to cool off on the counter” business. I also used a woven basket (not pictured) to store the rest of my hair brushes, combs, and products. The whole process was so easy I finished it in one evening. So, no more excuses, gals! It’s time to get organized!

XO, J

P.S. How to organize your makeup.

Home Decor - Organization

5 Tips to Help Organize Your Closet

November 5, 2013

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If you gals are anything like me, your closet space is pretty limited (hello apartment living!). Trying to cram all of your clothing into a tiny closet can lead to your clothes getting wrinkled, lost, and forgotten about. These five tips will help you maximize your closet space and make getting dressed in the morning a little easier!

1. Invest in Huggable Hangers:  These thin, lightweight hangers are a space-saving dream. They’re covered in a soft velvet that prevents those little slinky numbers from slipping, too. By using coordinated hangers, your closet becomes instantly more organized looking. It may sound kind of silly to replace all of your hangers, but it makes a huge difference. Trust.

2. Organize by color: Organizing your closet by color will transform it. Before I did this, I felt like I was constantly digging through the same clothes and wearing the same three things. When I reorganized by color I was suddenly able to make new outfits that I had never thought of before. Organizing by color is a way to find new appreciation in the clothing that you currently own but hardly wear. Your closet will look extremely organized and even beautiful.

3. Store long dresses and skirts on the sides: This one is pretty basic but it makes sense. By storing the floor-length garments (maxi dresses, gowns) off to the sides and shorter garments in the middle (tops, short skirts) you are able to see your shoes (or anything else you store on the bottom of your closet) unobstructed!

4. Take inventory: Sort through what you already own and figure out what you’re missing. Do you own three black sweaters? Are you missing a pretty floral skirt? By purging the excess and filling the gaps, you can build a more well-rounded and complete wardrobe.

5. Eliminate excess: Be honest with yourself – if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in over a year (with the exception of really fancy dresses), it’s time to get rid of it. Maybe it doesn’t fit right, has a stain, or is torn. A year is plenty of time to wear a piece of clothing; if you haven’t worn it, don’t hold onto it.

XO, J